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How much do we make?

Between the discussion of the average American and the previous FPP about parental aid and class and the discussion of grocery cashiers in another thread leading to a comment from a person to the effect of not feeling like a real MeFite because of salary, I've been thinking about class on MeFi. What is the range of incomes and class experiences here? Where are we, collectively, coming from? And how can we handle things better when we discuss class?
posted to MetaTalk by sciatrix at 10:54 AM on March 8, 2019 (246 comments)

Radicalism 101

The Chicago DSA and Midwest Socialist presents Primer Red, introductions to the basics of radical thought and history. Dialectical Materialism (“What are the forces of history?) - Alienation (“The cheaper each worker is, the more they have to work to survive.”) - Class (“What do you sell in order to live?”) - Value (“Why does surplus abundance go to the people who need it least?”) - Praxis (“How do you do things?”)
posted to MetaFilter by The Whelk at 6:35 AM on June 6, 2018 (20 comments)

dry, the beloved country

I wrote to my friend Paul, who lives in an apartment in an upper-middle-class neighborhood, to see if I could stay with him in Cape Town. He agreed—but only if I understood what was going on. What was going on, he suggested, was not just a drought, but a kind of vast, unplanned, crazy—and fabulous—social experiment. “I hope you’ll be game to test your water-saving limits!” he wrote me. “Nothing leaves the flat except via the toilet these days. The sink and bath are plugged ... I can manage the washing machine on the lowest setting, and its output goes into a 25-liter container for additional flushing. It’s all a bit extreme perhaps,” he conceded.
Surprising, even beautiful things can happen when it feels as if the world is about to end.
posted to MetaFilter by the man of twists and turns at 10:18 AM on April 20, 2018 (7 comments)

Against Marriage

Marriage is what happens when the state gets involved in endorsing and regulating personal relationships. It's a bad idea.
posted to MetaFilter by Segundus at 12:27 AM on April 19, 2018 (101 comments)

Good Old-Fashioned Sci-Fi Escapism

The last several books I've read have been good but Heavy and Sad. I would now like to read some Exciting Space Adventures.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by darchildre at 1:46 PM on March 8, 2018 (42 comments)

Blue Marble Data

planet.parts is a set of links to "Near-realtime Earth observation resources"
posted to MetaFilter by gwint at 8:26 PM on January 4, 2018 (4 comments)

My whole life could be different!

What do you wish you had started doing sooner?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by sprezzy at 11:41 AM on January 4, 2017 (110 comments)

Share your Instant Pot love here!

I think I want an Instant Pot. If you love yours, what model/size do you have and why do you love it? What do you make in it the most? Do you have a favorite cookbook that you find helpful? Possibly relevant details—I only cook for myself, but love bulk-cooking ahead and freezing single servings. No dietary restrictions.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by bookmammal at 5:17 AM on November 25, 2017 (44 comments)

from hell's heart, I STaB at thee

Stephanie Kelton: How We Think About the Deficit Is Mostly Wrong - "Unfortunately, budgetary effects are the sun around which everything revolves in Washington. Should we invest a trillion dollars in our crumbling infrastructure, offer Medicare for All or pass the biggest tax cut in the country's history? ... In a more rational world, lawmakers would abandon the crude C.B.O. scoring model and recognize that the risk of overspending is inflation, not bankruptcy. They would avoid fruitless battles over the debt ceiling, and they would acknowledge that the deficit itself could be deployed as a potent weapon in the fights against inequality, poverty and economic stagnation."
posted to MetaFilter by kliuless at 1:11 AM on October 10, 2017 (30 comments)

said, and left unsaid. done, and left undone.

In The Baffler, Siddartha Deb asks us Stranger than Fiction - Why won’t novelists reckon with climate change?
posted to MetaFilter by the man of twists and turns at 9:46 PM on October 2, 2017 (129 comments)

To help thousands of people in over 200 countries diagnose, treat and prevent common illnesses

Hesperian is a non-profit publisher of books and newsletters for community-based health care, mostly aimed at the third world. Their first book, Where There Is No Doctor, A Village Health Handbook, has been translated into 88 languages and is one of the most widely used training and work manuals for community health care in the world. They have now made 20 of their publications available for free download, many of which can now also be browsed online through their website using an "Ebrary" in-browser interface.
posted to MetaFilter by zarq at 8:25 PM on July 26, 2011 (15 comments)


MANFESTO is a Tumblr of Modernist architecture from the Middle East. (Note: heavy graphics) [h/t]
posted to MetaFilter by Room 641-A at 3:34 PM on August 13, 2017 (3 comments)

Mathematical Paintings of Crockett Johnson

From 1965 until his death in 1975 Crockett Johnson painted over 100 works relating to mathematics and mathematical physics. Of these paintings, eighty are found in the collections of the National Museum of American History. We present them here, with related diagrams from the artist’s library and papers.
posted to MetaFilter by Wolfdog at 6:20 AM on July 21, 2017 (16 comments)

The tyranny of work

The American workplace is an unaccountable, near-dictatorial private govenment with sweeping powers over our lives. Why can't Americans see this? And what should be done about it? [SLVox] Philosopher Elizabeth Anderson makes this argument in her book Private Government: How Employers Rule Our Lives (and Why We Don't Talk about It), based on her 2015 Tanner Lectures in Human Values. She elaborates on these themes in an interview in Jacobin. But Miya Tokumitsu, writing in the New Republic, warns that "[i]n reality, the employment landscape is even more dire than Anderson outlines." (Related previously: F*ck Work!)
posted to MetaFilter by informavore at 4:06 AM on July 19, 2017 (85 comments)

How to survive gaslighting

"How to survive gaslighting: when manipulation erases your reality" "Right now, many Americans listening to their president are experiencing what I experienced frequently a child. Nothing means anything, and reality is being canceled. There is confusion, there is chaos, everything is upside down and inside out. When facts and truth are being discredited, how is it possible to know what to believe, especially when it comes from someone we expect to embody both ethics and etiquette?"
posted to MetaFilter by HuronBob at 4:02 AM on March 16, 2017 (48 comments)

Probus vir, parvo contentus

The colorful and influential career of Reginald Foster, Vatican Latinist.
posted to MetaFilter by Chrysostom at 5:37 AM on March 13, 2017 (12 comments)

To the rock and roll cognoscenti, how does the band "Sparks" measure up?

I've been a serious classic rock fan since before it was classic rock, and have always sought out lesser-known or more esoteric bands in the hopes of finding a hidden gem. Having been at it since I was teenager in the late 1980's, I thought by now I had heard of pretty much every band of the 1960s and 70s that was even the least bit successful or famous. Sparks had a #1 single in 1974, yet had never heard of them before a couple weeks ago. I've been listening to them a lot since then, and really like what I've heard so far. In fact, they kind of impress the hell out of me, which makes me wonder why they aren't better known. Please inform. gracias
posted to Ask MetaFilter by BadgerDoctor at 6:18 PM on February 25, 2017 (32 comments)

Second hand enforcers of a creditor's paradise...

Mark Blyth is the Eastman Professor of Political Economy at Brown University.

Author of the book, Austerity: The History of a Dangerous Idea. Previously on the blue.

He has written extensively about the creditor's revolt that begin in the late 70s.

He has become more well known over the last year after he called Brexit, Trump, and the Italian referendum, and is now warning about the French presidential election. He sees the current global trend as creditor-debtor stand-offs. He has referred to many center left and right parties as enforcers in a creditor's paradise For instance, in a speech to the center left, German Social Democratic Party. After they gave him an award for "thinking differently" about economics.
posted to MetaFilter by KaizenSoze at 5:22 PM on January 24, 2017 (26 comments)

Don't Stay in School

Don't Go to School (slyt) David Brown posits that the traditional school syllabus is a poor fit for modern life.
posted to MetaFilter by Just this guy, y'know at 4:36 AM on January 4, 2017 (74 comments)

Classicists in Interesting Times

Eidolon is a general-audience webzine about the Greco-Roman classics. Subjects covered include a comparison by modern American and ancient Roman foodie cultures by Ben Thomas, Alexander Hamilton's self-identification with Catiline by Joanna Kenty, re-queering Sappho by Ella Haselswerdt, classical references in rap by Dan-el Padilla Peralta, and the contemporary popularity of ancient stoicism by Chiara Sulprizio. But by far the biggest splash was made by editor Donna Zuckerberg's How to Be a Good Classicist Under a Bad Emperor, about resisting the alt-right interpretation of Greco-Roman culture and society.
posted to MetaFilter by Kattullus at 2:33 PM on December 15, 2016 (29 comments)

To Build A Better Ballot

No, this is not about the 2016 U.S. election. Not just that, anyway. First, I need to explain a weird glitch in our voting system…
Nicky Case Previously -who you may remember from his (and vi hart’s Previously, 2, 3, 4) “playable post” Previously about the Schelling Segregation Model Previously- has made a new playable post about different voting systems.
posted to MetaFilter by Going To Maine at 6:10 PM on December 11, 2016 (30 comments)

Quiet Pine Trees Microfiction

Quiet Pine Trees is a twitter based stream of haunting and provocative micro-fiction by T.R. Darling. "Being brief isn’t enough. You can boil down a story to a sentence or two, but often you need context. If you need to convey a setting, like a fascist dystopia, or characterization, like a reluctant soldier, suddenly one or two sentences won’t fit. I often must resist the temptation to omit punctuation or fall back on abbreviation, like some kind of barbarian." Full Interview.
posted to MetaFilter by srboisvert at 6:19 AM on September 15, 2016 (6 comments)

Creative People Say No.

"How much less will I create unless I say “no?” A sketch? A stanza? A paragraph? An experiment? Twenty lines of code? The answer is always the same: “yes” makes less. We do not have enough time as it is. There are groceries to buy, gas tanks to fill, families to love and day jobs to do."
posted to MetaFilter by Fantods at 3:09 AM on May 3, 2016 (26 comments)

Given the Taubes/Lustig view on sugar, why not use dextrose everywhere?

If we assume the (increasingly accepted) view that sugar, in any decent quantity, is a highly unhealthy thing to eat, and that the main culprit is actually fructose, is there any good reason to not aggressively replace sugar or HFCS with dextrose?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by tempythethird at 7:30 AM on April 7, 2016 (10 comments)

Things. Organized. Neatly

More neat things. Six more years of neatly organized things from previously
posted to MetaFilter by Thella at 2:07 AM on March 24, 2016 (21 comments)

Platform Cooperatives: Money as a (Public) Service

In Sweden, a Cash-Free Future Nears - "Few places are tilting toward a cashless future as quickly as Sweden, which has become hooked on the convenience of paying by app and plastic."
posted to MetaFilter by kliuless at 12:34 AM on February 11, 2016 (15 comments)

Turning a PhD dissertation into a book - any tips?

I'm just getting started on the process of turning my PhD dissertation into a book. On rereading, I'm a bit shocked by how clunky the writing is and how much I haven't said. I'd love any advice from anyone who has done this or anything similar. What's the best approach I can take, and what pitfalls are there?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Aravis76 at 7:25 AM on February 4, 2016 (8 comments)

The Villas™ at Retention Pond®

The Frankenburb: Retrofitting most suburbs is less likely than having a few successful ones remain as they are while many more simply fail outright.
posted to MetaFilter by Cash4Lead at 8:08 AM on November 24, 2015 (95 comments)

Say "Hwæt!".

Interested in foreign languages and language history? As requested, here's a (highly subjective) selection of podcasts and blogs to keep you busy.
posted to MetaFilter by benito.strauss at 10:21 AM on November 16, 2015 (23 comments)

Faced with gaping moral and economic holes in society

Rewrite the rules to benefit everyone, not just the wealthy - "If there's one thing Joseph Stiglitz wants to say about inequality, it's that it has been a choice, not an unexpected, unfortunate economic outcome. That's unnerving, but it also means that citizens and politicians have the opportunity to fix the problem before it gets worse." (via)
posted to MetaFilter by kliuless at 2:34 AM on November 11, 2015 (112 comments)

Help me find new socks for the winter.

What is currently the best value in durable, comfortable, heavyweight, wool-blend hiking socks?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Anticipation Of A New Lover's Arrival, The at 6:30 AM on November 8, 2015 (20 comments)

How to spot manipulative behavior

How to Spot Manipulation - PsychCentral
How to Pick Up on Manipulative Behavior - Basic guide from WikiHow
Are You Being Manipulated? Keys to Hidden Aggression - Good Therapy.org
Psychological Manipulation Resources - Band Back Together
Eight Ways to Spot Emotional Manipulation - cassiopaea.com
Subtly Controlling Behavior - Abuse and Relationships
posted to MetaFilter by joseph conrad is fully awesome at 9:48 AM on October 29, 2015 (92 comments)


Let Us Face the Future - "All parties pay lip service to the idea of jobs for all. All parties are ready to promise to achieve that end by keeping up the national purchasing power and controlling changes in the national expenditure through Government action. Where agreement ceases is in the degree of control of private industry that is necessary to achieve the desired end. In hard fact, the success of a full employment programme will certainly turn upon the firmness and success with which the Government fits into that programme the investment and development policies of private as well as public industry."
posted to MetaFilter by kliuless at 11:11 AM on January 29, 2015 (10 comments)

After Capitalism, Humanism

Shared Prosperity, Common Wealth, National Equity and a Citizen's Dividend: Nirit Peled takes a look at social experiments in basic incomes for VPRO Tegenlicht, a Dutch public television documentary series. Starting with a German crowdfunded UBI chosen by raffle -- kind of like the opposite of Le Guin's Omelas (or Shirley Jackson's Lottery in reverse) -- the focus moves on to Albert Wenger who wants to disconnect work from income not only as automation progresses but to accelerate the process. Then it's on to Guy Standing who has conducted basic income experiments in India and Namibia (pdf) and is trying to get one off the ground in Groningen (Utrecht apparently is also a go). Finally, a stop in Alaska to ask some of its residents about their views on the state-owned Permanent Fund. This last part brings to mind the question: just what is wealth anyway?
posted to MetaFilter by kliuless at 1:11 AM on July 2, 2015 (7 comments)

a portfolio of kinetic art

Derek Hugger makes moving sculptures.
posted to MetaFilter by the man of twists and turns at 7:47 PM on October 18, 2015 (8 comments)

Purgatory's kind of like the in betweeny one.

Give me your recommendations for creeping, meandering, dream-like movies!
posted to Ask MetaFilter by phunniemee at 7:27 AM on August 11, 2015 (98 comments)

Point of no return? Passed that already.

Historians may look to 2015 as the year when shit really started hitting the fan. Some snapshots: In just the past few months, record-setting heat waves in Pakistan and India each killed more than 1,000 people. [...] London reached 98ºF during the hottest July day ever recorded in the UK. [...] In California, suffering from its worst drought in a millennium, a 50-acre brush fire swelled seventyfold in a matter of hours, jumping across the I-15 freeway during rush-hour traffic. Then, a few days later, the region was pounded by intense, virtually unheard-of summer rains. Puerto Rico is under its strictest water rationing in history as a monster El Niño forms in the tropical Pacific Ocean, shifting weather patterns worldwide.
posted to MetaFilter by Athanassiel at 7:29 PM on August 5, 2015 (148 comments)

The Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows

rialtoscuro n. disorientation when you step outside a movie theater into unexpected darkness, a twinge of jet lag from two hours of escapist fun which only diverts you from making the sequel to your youth—an old cult classic with wild shifts in tone, dropped subplots, major characters that appear out of nowhere only to vanish without explanation, and an ambiguous ending—but this time, it’s personal. The Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows
posted to MetaFilter by xod at 11:24 AM on June 22, 2010 (25 comments)

I was not prepared for that

13 prepared guitar videos. A prepared guitar is a guitar that has been modified with various objects (such as alligator clips or chopsticks) in order to change the sounds it produces. Here are videos from thirteen different musicians who use prepared guitars (including Keith Rowe and Fred Frith).
posted to MetaFilter by klausness at 5:50 AM on July 1, 2015 (15 comments)

"I think we have to respect when people say, 'No—that is enough.'"

Euthanasia for psychiatric patients was rare in the early years of the law, but patients complained that they were being unfairly stigmatized: psychic suffering, they argued, was just as unbearable as physical pain. Like cancer patients, they were subjected to futile treatments that diminished their quality of life. Dirk De Wachter, a professor of psychiatry at the University of Leuven and the president of the ethics commission for the university's psychiatric center, said that he reconsidered his opposition to euthanasia after a patient whose request he had rejected committed suicide. In 2004, she set up a camera in front of a newspaper office in Antwerp and set herself on fire.
Rachel Aviv traveled to Belgium, where euthanasia has been legal since 2002, to report on the complications and consequences that surround the practice of assisted suicide and euthanasia for psychiatric patients: The Death Treatment.
posted to MetaFilter by divined by radio at 12:07 PM on June 22, 2015 (52 comments)

What is the Zenni Optical of things other than glasses?

Recently discovered and fell in love with Zenni Optical, and now I'm wondering if there are other things that are "best kept secrets" that provide incredible value.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by jbickers at 10:44 AM on February 20, 2015 (36 comments)

The eeriness of the English countryside

Robert Macfarlane, in The Guardian: In music, literature, art, film and photography, as well as in new and hybrid forms and media, the English eerie is on the rise. A loose but substantial body of work is emerging that explores the English landscape in terms of its anomalies rather than its continuities, that is sceptical of comfortable notions of “dwelling” and “belonging”, and of the packagings of the past as “heritage”, and that locates itself within a spectred rather than a sceptred isle. Such concerns are not new, but there is a distinctive intensity and variety to their contemporary address. This eerie counter-culture – this occulture – is drawing in experimental film-makers, folk singers, folklorists, academics, avant-garde antiquaries, landscape historians, utopians, collectives, mainstreamers and Arch-Droods alike, in a magnificent mash-up of hauntology, geological sentience and political activism. The hedgerows, fields, ruins, hills and saltings of England have been set seething.
posted to MetaFilter by Wordshore at 4:07 PM on April 26, 2015 (57 comments)

What's my next binge reading series?

I've powered through three series in a binge, and now I am hungry for more. I need action, maybe some romance, but no horror. Please recommend me some airport fiction that fits my criteria. I'm not looking for anything highbrow here.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Sternmeyer at 5:19 PM on February 16, 2015 (45 comments)

Dealing with the transition to the information age

BIG and BOT Policy Proposals (transcript) - "Many of our current economic policies originated during times of scarcity. But now, says investor Albert Wenger, we live in an era of 'digital abundance', when creating new products costs virtually nothing. To adapt to the resulting economic upheavals, we won't need just more tech, says Wenger, but some strong policies. Here he explores two: basic income guarantee and the right to be represented by a bot."
posted to MetaFilter by kliuless at 11:55 PM on January 23, 2015 (14 comments)

I sing the song of good grammar

Clearly Weird Al's "Word Crimes" is the ne plus ultra of songs about proper word usage. But that can't be the only one! Can you suggest other songs about grammar, syntax, etc? (Note: Ironic by Alanis Morrisette does not fit the bill, as it is neither an accurate definition of ironic nor a good song.)
posted to Ask MetaFilter by rednikki at 11:46 PM on February 12, 2015 (14 comments)
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